The heck with cell phones, I want to see this turned into zoom lens and auto focus on a $50 digital camera.
Variable optics the cure for cameraphones?
This is a neat device. It is a clear plastic sheet that is fitted with organic diodes that when placed on a page of printed text will allow the text to be read into a computer. The unit also works with a lower level of light compaired to traditional scanners. Once this comes to market, I can see this being a product that will not only provide a safe way to scan an old book, but a way to scan in non flat things. Artists will love it! I want a long flat chunk of this to wrap around trees, cans, etc. Hum, I bet a camera could be built from one of these too! Looking forward to this invention.
Tokyo University’s wraparound scanner
Here is a link with more info and links:
A Flexible Scanner For Your Phone
I’ll have to look into this, it could be fun to try and add something to this.
The World Wide Panorama
My Nikon 4500 looks to be on the way out. I have been having more and more problems with the camera while I have been using it. Like I’ll pop the internal flash open but the camera will not read thats its open until I ‘jiggle’ the head. Or, I have to enable the internal flash when I use the external flash or neither one will fire. The focus is also starting to have problems. 80% of the images I take with my fisheye lens are soft and about 10% without are also soft.
I don’t think getting it fixed is much of an option, it was a refurbished unit (Christmass gift from by awesome brother!) and the replacement cost is too high to justify buying what is now an obsolite camera.
I think its time to start saving the change in my pockets and go buy that Nikon D70. I can see so many advantages to having one of those its not even funny! The only drawbacks I see are that I can’t rotate the lens like on the 4500, I have to use the optical viewfinder to compose my shots, and I can’t use my fisheye lens on it. The tradeoffs are well worth having a digital SLR that I can change lenses on and do all sorts of things that are common to even a low end SLR. I’m looking forward to messing with a lagging flash sync! I’ve never had a camera that could do that.
I think that everyone should have one of these, stereo photography is very fun and entertaining to do.
Loreo 3D Beamsplitter
This is a fantastic site if you ever need an electronic circuit. Once in a while I’ll think of a project that I’d like to try, and being that there is a good chance somone has built something a bit like it before, a page like this comes in handy. Over 8,000 schematics and circuits! Think of what you could build…
Even more circuits…